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Kelsey Parker Ph.D.

Dr. Parker earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK in May 2010. She continued at the University of Tulsa and completed her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in May 2015. She joined the Institute of Occupational Health Sciences in June 2015 and is currently serving as the project manager for the Community of Practice and Safety Support (COMPASS)and the Tech4Rest studies. Dr. Parker’s current research interests include reduction of work-related strain and interventions to improve resource availability and well-being in vulnerable working populations. She received a grant from the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety, Professional Training Opportunities Program (PTOP) to examine occupational hazards, stress, and stress recovery among in-home personal support workers for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has also conducted research in the areas of workplace aggression and job attitudes.

Areas of interest

  • Total Worker Health
  • Occupational Stress
  • Workplace Aggression
  • Workplace Interventions
  • Financial Stress
  • Recovery from Stress


  • B.A., University of Tulsa, Tulsa Oklahoma 2010
  • M.A., University of Tulsa, Tulsa Oklahoma 2012
  • Ph.D., University of Tu;sa, Tulsa Oklahoma 2015
  • Fellowship:

    • Bellwether Fellowship at The University of Tulsa, 2014-2015

Honors and awards

  • Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Professional Training Opportunities Program (PTOP) recipient – 2017
  • The University of Tulsa Department of Psychology Scientist Practitioner Award – 2013
  • Henry Kendall College of Arts and Science Academic Medal recipient – 2010

Memberships and associations

  • Society for Occupational Health Psychology
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Oregon Public Health Association
  • Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology


  • Mabry, L. Parker, K.N., Thompson, S.V., Bettencourt, K., Haque, A., Luther, K., Wright, R.R., Hess, J.A., & Olson, R. (under review). Protecting workers in the booming home care industry: Caregivers experiences following a socially supportive intervention.

  • Anger, K., Rameshbabu, A., Olson, R., Bodner, T., Hurtado, D., Parker, K., Wan, W., Wipfli, B. & Rohlman, D. (accepted for publication in 2018). Effectiveness of Total Worker Health® Interventions. Chapter in upcoming book by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

  • Olson, R., Thompson, S., Elliot, D.L., Hess, J.A., Luther Rhoten, K., Parker, K.N., Wright, R.R., Wipfli, B., Bettencourt, K.M., Buckmaster, A., & Marino, M. (2016). Results of the COMPASS cluster randomized controlled trial: A Total Worker Health® intervention for home care workers. American Journal of Public Health, Advance online publication (0) e1-e10

  • Parker, K.N. & Brummel, B.J. (2016). Examining the curvilinear relationship between pay satisfaction, job satisfaction, and income. Journal of Personnel Psychology, Advance online publication

  • Parker, K.N. & Ragsdale, J.M. (2015). Effects of distress and eustress on changes in fatigue from waking to working. Applied Psychology: Health and Wellbeing, 7, 293-315.

  • Brummel, B.J. & Parker, K.N. (2015). Obligation and entitlement in society and the workplace. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 64, 127-160.

  • Jackson, A., Parker, K.N., Waples, C. (2014). Don’t forget about us! Students’ perspectives. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 7, 31-34.

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